Hewlett Packard’s Spaceborne Computer-2 demonstrates new possibilities for space exploration

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) said the HPE Spaceborne Computer-2 (SBC-2), the first in-space commercial edge computing and AI-enabled system to run on the International Space Station (ISS), has completed 24 research experiments, which demonstrates new possibilities for space exploration and milestones for humanity. “By introducing edge computing and AI capabilities to the International Space Station, Spaceborne Computer-2, we have helped develop a growing collaborative research community with a common goal of achieving scientific and technical breakthroughs that will benefit humanity, in space and here. benefit on earth. says Dr. Mark Fernandez, principal investigator, Spaceborne Computer-2, at HPE.

SBC-2 is part of a larger mission to significantly improve computing and reduce reliance on communications as humans travel farther into space to the Moon, Mars and beyond. The solution also demonstrates potential ways for astronauts to become self-sufficient when processing data directly on the space station, in real time, bypassing longer latency and latencies that occur when relying on sending raw data to Earth for processing. analyzed and shipped back to space, according to a statement from HPE. The new capability would enable the space station with faster computers and shorter download times to Earth at a rate of 20,000x, it said. HPE launched Spaceborne Computer-2, in partnership with the ISS National Laboratory, to space in February 2021 and was installed on the ISS in May 2021.


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